Singapore Base (Contractors' Orders).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 6th February 1929.

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Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the placing abroad of the greater part of the order for the crushing machinery for the Singapore base, he will request the Government contractors to agree in future to meet the Admiralty officials in conference, together with representatives of the tendering firm quoting the most favourable terms, before an order exceeding £ 1,000 in value is placed, with the object of making every endeavour to retain the work involved for British workmen?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Cuthbert Headlam Lieut-Colonel Sir Cuthbert Headlam , Barnard Castle

I regret that it is not practicable to request the contractors to agree to the proposal made in the question. An agreement was, however, made in December last that the contractors would consult the Admiralty before placing any orders abroad for plant exceeding £ 20,000 in value.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

How does that answer square with the answer just given in regard to shale oil?

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Why in this case have the Admiralty purchased these goods from America while refusing to purchase goods from Scotland because they cost a little more?